February 9, 2016

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Catherine Owen named Medina County Veteran of the Year

Caroline Owen

Catherine Owen said she’s not a big proponent of getting awards. She’d rather work behind the scenes helping veterans. Owen, 60, of Brunswick, is being honored by the Joint Veterans Coalition of Medina County as the 2015 Medina County Veteran of the Year. She’ll receive the award at the third all-veterans banquet Oct. 3 at Read More…

Wadsworth-area winery grows from daughter’s love

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Lisa Locklear, owner of the Filia Cellars winery, is shown with its products.

A new winery is bringing a little bit of California sunshine to Medina County. Wadsworth residents Lisa and Mitch Locklear opened Filia Cellars in May of this year in Guilford Township. Housed in a Gothic Victorian manor on Greenwich Road, the winery offers red wines by the glass, bottle or case made from grapes harvested Read More…

Project: LEARN of Medina County seeks tutors in Lodi

Karla Robinson

Project: LEARN of Medina County is looking for volunteer tutors in Lodi for a program to help residents prepare and study for a GED certificate. The nonprofit will have an informational meeting 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at Lodi Library, 635 Wooster St. Project: LEARN received a $7,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Read More…

Vietnam veterans get Quilts of Valor from Sharon Twp. woman

Connie Lurtz stands with the 12 Vietnam war veterans who received quilts that she made as part of the national nonprofit Quilt of Valor Foundation. From left, front row: Scott Kopfstein, post commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137 in Medina Township; Paul Kari; Dennis Brown; Henry Silverhorn; Thomas Corbett; and Robert Reimer. From left, second row: Thomas Minich, Donald Brown, Patrick Pinkerton, Jack Forster, Henry Stroud and Rodney Rush. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Bob Finnan and Lawrence Pantages | The Gazette A Sharon Township woman just wanted to give back. Connie Lurtz, 65, presented 12 quilts on Sunday to Vietnam veterans at a ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137, 3916 Pearl Road, Medina Township. She started making the quilts last January and estimated it took Read More…

Two Medina County schools rank in Newsweek’s top 500

Wadsworth and Highland high schools were listed in the top 500 high schools in the nation by Newsweek’s 2015 rankings. Newsweek ranks the schools based on data that concludes which schools best prepares their students for college. Wadsworth and Highland made the list along with 28 other Ohio high schools including Avon Lake, which was Read More…

Interim director of Chamber of Commerce hopes to stay on

Jaclyn Ringstmeier

The chairman of the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce is hoping to name a new executive director in the near future. And the best candidate could already be on the payroll. Former director Heather Taylor left the position at the end of July to take a job withSummit Mall in Fairlawn. Jaclyn Ringstmeier, 36, has Read More…

Ritzman Pharmacy kicks off workshop series in Wadsworth

Christina Cyrus, director of marketing for Ritzman Pharmacy, talks about the company's new "Ritzman Restores" program during a Thursday event at The Strand in Wadsworth where demonstrations of all-natural lotion bars were shown. (LAWRENCE PANTAGES / GAZETTE)

Ritzman Pharmacy held a workshop Thursday that taught customers how to make essential oil lotion bars. The workshop is part of Ritzman’s rebranding initiative called Ritzman Restores. Ritzman partnered with a boutique in Wadsworth, Salvage Style, for the event Thursday night at The Wadsworth Strand, 123 Broad St. Over the next several months, the Wadsworth-based Read More…

New director soon to be named for United Way of Medina County

United Way of Medina County soon will have a new director. Ryan Carlson, board chairman, said interim director Garth Winckler left his position on Aug. 13. “Part of Garth’s duties was to help us hire a new person,” Carlson said. “We are in the final negotiations in that process. We hope to have that (announcement) Read More…

Grieving news station comes together after journalists’ on-air deaths

WDBJ-TV7 news morning anchor Kimberly McBroom, second from right, and meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner, right, are joined by visiting anchor Steve Grant, second from left, and Dr. Thomas Milam, of the Carilion Clinic, as they observe a moment of silence during the early morning newscast at the station, in Roanoke, Va., on Thursday. The moment of silence was at the moment reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday, while on assignment in Moneta. (AP PHOTO)

ROANOKE, Va. — Just one day after two of its own were killed, the news team at Virginia station WDBJ-TV regrouped, gathered together and leaned on one another for the live broadcast of its “Mornin’” show. The show began with an image of the two victims — reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward — Read More…

‘Service on the Square’ in Medina to host full immersion baptisms

The Rev. John McCaw, left, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Medina, poses with the Rev. Cornell Carter, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Medina. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A full immersion Christian baptism will be part of a church “Service on the Square” at 10 a.m. Sunday on Public Square in Medina. Organizers said it is the eighth event of its kind. The Rev. John McCaw, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Medina, said his congregation will be joined by the Rev. Read More…